Review | Aorus Radeon RX 570 4G graphics card

Computer processor maker AMD released the RX 500 graphics card series in April and we are putting one of its family members – the Radeon RX 570 – under our microscope to determine if it’s worth the upgrade.

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Designed to withstand today’s PC gaming demands, the RX 570 boasts its improved gaming performance, higher clock speeds, and a refined second-generation Polaris architecture.

In this review, we’re looking at Gigabyte’s Aorus Radeon RX 570, whose specifications are detailed below:

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  • Core clock: 1.30GHz (OC mode), 1.28GHz (gaming mode), 1.24GHz (reference card)
  • Process technology: 14 nanometer
  • Memory clock: 7,000 MHz
  • Memory size: 4GB
  • Memory type: GDDR5
  • Memory bus: 256 bit
  • Digital max resolution: 7680 x 4320
  • Card size: 36 x 232 x 121 mm (H x L x W)
  • PCB form: ATX
  • DirectX: 12
  • OpenGL: 4.5
  • Recommended PSU: 450W
  • Power connectors: 8-pin
  • Input/output: Dual-link DVI-D, HDMI, Display Port (3)

Design

The Aorus ensures competent gaming performance by crafting the RX 570 with the cooling solutions in mind. With that, the graphics processing unit (GPU) can escape the heat that most titles with heavy requirements produce in between games.

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At the front are pure copper heat pipes that touch the GPU directly to manage thermal transfer properly, which also cools down the VRAM modules via thermal pads. Backing it up is an advanced copper plate to solve the intense heat coming from the GPU.

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Speaking of cooling solutions, the Aorus is proudly equipped with two 90mm blade fans which the company calls “Windforce” for effective heat dissipation. It creates an alternate spinning to effectively eliminate heat during the peak moments of your game, along with the 3D-Active Fans that remain off in a certain period for low-power gaming. There’s an LED fan indicator that displays this status.

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The Aorus RX 570 offers three DisplayPorts, a DVI, and HDMI socket.

In terms of design, the Aorus showcases 16 million customizable color options and lighting effects to cater those who aim to stick with their RGB preference. There are five lighting modes to choose from: Cycling, Consistent, Flash, Dual Flash, and Breathing.

Performance

Before we toss around the gaming benchmarks, let’s have a glimpse of our setup that’s stressing the Aorus RX 570 out in this review. We used the same setup with our previous Ryzen 3 1300X review.

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Trying to get the best out of the RX 570, we played Rise of the Tomb Raider, Battlefield 1, Far Cry Primal, Metro Last Light, and Shadow of Mordor.

Trying to get the best out of the RX 570, we played Rise of the Tomb Raider, Battlefield 1, Far Cry Primal, Metro Last Light, and Shadow of Mordor on 1920 x 1080 resolution with the highest setting applied.

Conclusion

Priced at around P15,000, the Gigabyte Aorus RX 570 4G could be classified on the expensive side if we are going to weigh the upgrades that it could offer. For someone who has been using its older brother – the RX 480 –  there’s nothing new that is worth upgrading for. Nevertheless, if your take-off point is the lower bracket from the RX 400 series, the RX 570 is a reasonable choice.

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